Marijuana Extract May Reduce Seizures in Epilepsy Patients

A compound found in marijuana may be a big benefit to patients who suffer from a rare form of epilepsy.

Known as cannabidiol, or CBD, the cannabis derivative reduced the chance of seizure among patients with Dravet syndrome by nearly 40 percent, according to a new study appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The new study is especially promising because pharmaceutical interventions for the rare — and sometimes fatal — condition were previously lacking.

Dravet syndrome in children is marked by slower development and seizures. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Austin Harvill/Released

“Dravet syndrome is a complex childhood epilepsy disorder that is associated with drug-resistant seizures and a high mortality rate,” report the study authors.

While cannabidiol comes from the marijuana plant, the substance “does not contain psychoactive properties that induce a high,” explain

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